New Year celebrations had been active, but did not get definitely out of hand, police main claims

Fireworks over Rotterdam, but it was silent on the streets. Photograph: Bas Czerwinski ANP

The Netherlands noticed in the New Yr with rockets, firecrackers and street parties, inspite of the ban on most fireworks and on large gatherings.

Law enforcement claimed on Saturday early morning that it experienced been a ‘busy night’ which was ‘only held underneath control by the use of considerable police capacity.’  According to the Telegraaf, there had been much more simply call outs of the crisis solutions than in 2020.

As every single calendar year, riot police had been drafted in to offer with disturbances and to secure ambulance personnel and firefighters, particular in the much more rural sections of the state.

In the Drenthe village of Bovensmilde, riot law enforcement have been in motion for several hrs to crack up groups of youths throwing fireworks. There have been related incidents in at the very least 5 villages in Friesland, like Burdaard – in which tear fuel was used – and in Tzummarum and Kollumerzwaag.

In Groningen four folks ended up arrested for throwing fireworks at emergency support staff, but there were being only 13 arrests in full in the three northern provinces, broadcaster NOS reported.

Clearing up auto fires in Veen. Photo” Erik Haverhals ANP

In Noord Holland, police reported there experienced been 32 arrests, which includes 17 for arson and unlawful fireworks. In Amsterdam, a group of some 3,000 to 4,000 had collected on the Dam in the metropolis centre to rejoice the New 12 months, and riot law enforcement had been drafted in to obvious the spot.

Nearby broadcaster AT5 explained riot police have been also brought in to restore purchase in Amsterdam Nieuw-West.

Somewhere else cars and trucks were set on hearth in Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague and in Rotterdam, gangs of youths threw fireworks at law enforcement as they attempted to set out a blaze at a faculty.

There were being also a number of arrests in Arnemuiden in Zeeland soon after groups of youths setting up setting fires.

Law enforcement main Willem Woelders claimed each individual assault on emergency service staff was to be regretted. ‘But our preparations over the previous couple months have enabled us to be there on time if there ended up difficulties. Many thanks to this, nowhere did the situation genuinely get out of hand.’

Despite the ban on fireworks and the massive amount of seizures in the latest months, a remarkably big amount of money of fireworks ended up set off, he stated. ‘Cars ended up also set on fire nationwide and the law enforcement broke up illegal get-togethers all more than the country. But this did not guide to main issues.’


Rotterdam’s expert eye clinic had dealt with a few cases by Saturday morning, in contrast with 10 to 15 in a regular yr. None of the individuals were being seriously hurt, NOS stated.

Some people today were being hurt by fireworks. RTV Rijnmond claimed a man had lost a hand when a firework blew up, although in Berkel en Rodenrijs a man been given a severe foot damage following a firework rolled toward him.

The finish injuries figures will be published on Wednesday, broadcaster RTL Nieuws claimed.

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